Clean Valves for the SS. Camaro Catch Can Development, Part 3: Catch Can and Silicone Hose Details
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Our Camaro catch can project continues! If you follow our development posts on the forums, please be sure to cast additional votes for our bracket design and silicone hose color. We are interested in obtaining as much feedback/opinion as possible so we can bring to market exactly the kit you want to see. So far, we've inspected the stock systems, selected a catch can location, and designed our initial bracket prototype. The final developmental phase includes constructing our direct-fit lines that will run from the PCV to the catch can, and from the catch can to the intake manifold.
Before showing our progress with that, I'd like to cover some of the neat aspects of our catch can.
Mishimoto Baffled Oil Catch Can
We've hinted on the forums that the catch can we use is not your typical empty can stuffed with steel wool. Our baffled oil catch can is a highly engineered piece aimed at maximum fluid separation. This component is a big part of the kit, so I want to show a few images of the internals to demonstrate the benefits of our catch can.
First, let's look at the base for our Camaro oil catch can.
The base of our catch can is constructed from CNC-machined aluminum. It features knurling on the bottom for ease of removal, and it attaches to the lid using internal threads. Below is a look inside.
If you look closely, you will notice a plug on the bottom of the base. An exterior shot shows this a bit better.
This plug can be removed to drain fluid. Also, we have a drain valve option that fits into this port to make fluid removal easier and quicker.
The lid is a bit more exciting and is where all the magic happens.
The top of the lid shows the inlet and outlet ports, as well as the Mishimoto logo. As with the base, this piece is also a CNC-machined aluminum component.
The underside of the lid shows the internal air diverter, filter, and baffle. Each of these components is identified below.
Let's cover the function of these components in order.
Air Diverter - As the air/oil mixture enters the catch can, the diverter is the first component it hits. This piece is oriented on the inlet. It pushes air around the can to maximize separation.
Internal Baffle - This baffle design serves two functions. First, it prevents oil from sloshing around the can during high G-force situations such as acceleration or cornering. Second, the baffle provides additional internal surface area for the fluid to condense.
Bronze Filter - We use a 50 micron bronze filter in our catch can to separate fluids from air. This piece is extremely effective in limiting the amount of fluid exiting the can.
You will also notice an O-ring on the lid next to the threads. The O-ring allows the can to be used in pressurized applications. It also provides a perfect seal between the lid and the base.
The fittings we use are made of nylon. They thread into the lid and provide the connection point for our silicone hoses. These fittings are rated to extremely high temperatures, making them perfect for use with engine components in a hot environment.
And finally, our fully assembled catch can.
We should see some nice fluid separation with this piece installed on the SS. Now on to the line routing!
Line Route Details
To finish the development of our direct-fit kit, we need a set of lines to connect the catch can to the engine. Our goal with the line route is to keep the hoses out of sight as much as possible so we don't clutter the engine bay
Using small lengths of silicone line with varying angles, we begin to piece together the route, starting from the catch can.
Soon, both lines were running along our planned path.
Once satisfied, we removed the hoses and sealed the connection points.
The lines will be used to create drawings and fixtures for manufacturing our final product. Below is a look at the bracket and the lines.
After capturing our dimensional data, this kit was reinstalled so we could begin road testing to see the amount of fluid that accumulates. Once we have some mileage on our setup, we will be sure to post the results.
Coming Up - Discounted Pre-Sale!
Now that our prototype is complete, we can start manufacturing the first batch of Mishimoto's Camaro SS Catch Can kits. We will be reviewing the results of our polls (for hose color and bracket design), and once we have that, we will begin cutting out brackets on our WaterJet and constructing our silicone lines.
In the meantime, we are launching a discounted pre-sale for those interested in picking up one of our kits. Check back later today for details regarding the pricing and estimated ship dates for our first batch of Camaro SS catch can kits!